Names for twins


I am expecting girl twins in a few days and don't know what to call them. They have an older brother named Gaspard. I would like French names, preferably a bit traditional but that's not a requirement. 


March 13, 2019 5:46 PM











Given how close you are to your due date, I'm guessing you've given this a wee bit of thought so far. ;)  Are there names you're considering?  Names you liked until you were pregnant with girls and then they didn't feel quite right?  A female name you had picked out for Gaspard?  Names you like a lot but don't really love?

It would also be helpful to know whether French is the primary language spoken in your area.  Some pronunciations may be difficult in an English-speaking country - primarily if the name has an alternate version in English (e.g., Florence from my suggestions above).

March 13, 2019 7:48 PM

Nice names, especially Mathilde, Amélie and Madeleine! :) I do live in a French-speaking country. I thought a lot about names; these were the name ideas I highly considered:









I‘m not really sure why, but these do not feel right anymore. One of the reasons would probably be that they, while traditionally French, mostly are outdated and not in use. What I liked about Gaspard was its steady popularity. I was thinking of the names Océane or Celeste maybe. I’m not sure whether it fits with Gaspard though. I prefer soft-sounding girl names.



March 13, 2019 8:19 PM

Celeste would work with Gaspard

what about Vivienne, Josephine.   I love Genevieve and Marguerite from your list, Jacqueline is nice too

Brielle, Amy, Elise, Claire, Natalie, Sophie, Nicole, Valerie, Adele, Adeline, Annabelle, Arielle, Angelique, Camille, Juliette, Rosalie, Simone, Chantal, Angeline, Ariane, Astrid, Avril, Cassandra, Clarice, Coralie, Suzanne, Michelle, Eloise, Elodie, Estelle, Evelyn, Giselle, Gwendoline, Helene, Isabelle, Jessica, Joelle, Lillian, Lisette, Louise, Marielle, Marjolaine, Monique, Nadia, Nadine, Nina, Odette, Orianne, Priscilla, Rachel, Renee, Sabrina, Sarah, Sasha, Sidonie, Soraya, Suzette, Sylvie, Yvette, Yvonne

March 14, 2019 6:30 AM

I love Vivienne, especially with the double V's :D

All of the suggested names sound pleasing. The one that first caught my eye was Ariane; it's very pretty and classic. Do you think it could work well with Gaspard?

March 13, 2019 11:03 PM

You're right about the current unpopularity of many of these names, but Agathe ranked 26th and Lilou ranked 40th in France in 2017, so they're quite on-trend. And while Catherine and Marguerite rank pretty low, they're still hanging in there in the top 1000 in France. They're certainly classics in the English-speaking world.

This is according to the lists under "Baby Name Atlas" on Laura Wattenberg's new site (

Catherine 936
Agathe 26
Geneviève not ranked
Lilou 40
Marguerite 680
Renée not ranked
Jacqueline not ranked
Veronique not ranked

Océane 82
Celeste not ranked

Gaspard 50


My vote is Agathe and Mathilde (ranked 48th in 2017). I have a French acquaintance named Mathilde and I love how she says her name. :-)

March 14, 2019 6:43 AM

That was exciting news, interesting info :) I was worried that Lilou and Océane might be too trendy, even though I find them pretty. I also think Agathe and Mathilde are lovely. Catherine might still be a possibility then.

March 14, 2019 10:15 AM

Keep in mind that the bottom of the Top 1000 in a country the size of France (67 million) is going to be significantly fewer babies than the same ranking in the US (325 million). But even so, Catherine and Marguerite are classics.

I do think Lilou and Océane are a little trendy, but they are certainly pretty.

You might enjoy the blog

It's full of parents recounting the stories of how they chose their children's names, and most of them were going for French but uncommon. A couple picked at random from their archives: Calixtine, Félicité, Eugénie, Apolline, Héloïse, Thaïs, Blanche, Clémentine, Lilas, Edith. But there are all sorts. 

March 14, 2019 11:18 AM

Océane and Lilou are indeed pretty. The stories on the blog are a much interesting read. You make a good point regarding the differences between how big the populations are. There are many lovely choices when it comes to French names. 



March 14, 2019 3:18 AM